Friday, February 01, 2008

Biodiversity Action Plan

The Redbridge Biodiversity Action Plan was approved last year and was officially launched on 7th December 2007 at the Visitors Centre at Hainault Country Park. The full document is published on the Council website here. [5.9Mbits]

Within its pages is a Habitat Plan for Allotments where it lists “specific threats to allotment habitat and wildlife” but it seems to have missed off the Redbridge Cabinet.

Throughout it refers to the role and responsibilities of a Nature Conservation Team in implementing this Action Plan, e.g. “These aims, along with the specific Habitat and Species Actions Plans, should steer the annual programme of work for the Nature Conservation Team….”

Except that our Council are proposing to replace the Nature Conservation Team with a “Ranger Service”. We still have no idea what the remit of this new service will be, whether they will have any role in implementing this Action Plan, or whether they will have the necessary skills and expertise to deliver.

illustration of a Pipistrelle batThere is also a Species Action Plan for Bats. In the summer months my wife and I often sit out on the patio at dusk [me with a pint of beer] and watch the bats feed. They roost in the trees in next doors garden and swoop about catching flying insects. Such a wonderful acrobatic aerial display, and its free. For more on bats click here.
Who needs the MacOlympics?


  1. The Biodiversity Action Plan is that rarity - an interesting Council document. I learned a lot from it.

    There is a good section on the wildlife value of allotments. such a shame that the Council now wants to sell them.

    Surely not an example of our old friend left hand knoweth not what the right hand doeth?

  2. Why should councillors bother to read the cumbersome reports the council produces? Doing so might stop them voting in favour of whatever daft notion their party has come up with.

    Did you know that 2008 is the year of the bat? I'm not talking Chinese new year, coming up shortly; that will be the year of the rat. I don't know what august body decided that 2008 is the year of the bat, but I guess it wasn't Chinese. So, what can bats expect from us now they're the animal of 2008? Free bat boxes? If so, who's supplying them? May I have one for my local bat?

    How many of our wildlife-loving councillors actually know this is the Year of the Bat? And what do they intend to do about it?

  3. Hiya Coxsoft,
    I didn't know it was the year of the Bat. But my Christmas present from my daughter was a Bat Box.

    I will be consulting the local Batwoman on the best place to site it.

  4. I believe that in Hainault, Councillors are celebrating the Year of the Batty.

  5. dougal said...
    "I believe that in Hainault, Councillors are celebrating the Year of the Batty."

    Why - have they invited Buju Banton to be diversity advisor?

  6. It's also Year of the Frog. The website has some gorgeous photos;

    "The World Conservation Union (IUCN) estimates that at least one-third of known amphibian species are threatened with extinction.

    The combined effect of habitat destruction, climate change, pollution, and chytrid cannot be addressed solely in the wild. Captive assurance populations have become the only hope for many species faced with imminent extinction and are an important component of an integrated conservation effort."

    It's gonna be a very lonely planet before long.

  7. "It's not easy being Green" - Kermit